News from the American Go Association

May 5, 2006
Volume 7, #38 (Member's Edition)


WEEKEND GO ACTION: Piscataway to Seattle
GAME COMMENTARY: A Friendly Game and Latest Questions from Actual Play
GO REVIEW: New Korean Books In English
ATTACHED FILE(S): 2006.05.05 Wong-Anonymous, Yang; 2006.05.05 McGuigan Series #15

RUI XIE BEST IN HOUSTON: Rui Xie won first place in the April 22-23 Houston Spring Go Tournament. Full report Monday.

YI ZHANG WINS HARTFORD TOURNEY: Yi Zhang 5d took first place in the April 29 CCC 2006 Spring Go Tournament in Hartford, CT. Full report Monday.

LEPINSKIE TOPS EMBRY-RIDDLE: Drew Lepinskie 6k took top honors in the April 20 Embry-Riddle Go Tournament. Details Monday.

KUROKI GOISHI TO SPONSOR U.S. OPEN: The Kuroki Goishi Company has signed on as a sponsor of the 2006 United States Open Go Tournament, reports tournament organizer Paul Celmer. "Mr. Hirotaka Kuroki, President of Kuroki Goishi Company, has agreed to provide two sets of traditional slate and clamshell go stones and 100 go stone keyholders, which we'll give to participants as awards," Celmer tells the EJ. Kuroki Goishi, of Hyuga City, Miyazaki Perfecture, Japan, has been manufacturing high-quality traditional and contemporary Japanese style go equipment since 1917. Their product line includes slate and clamshell go stones manufactured from both native Hyuga Hamaguri clamshell and imported Mexican clamshell, go bowls made from an array of hardwoods including chestnut, camphor, rosewood, cherry, karin, keyaki, and mulberry, table-model and floor-model go boards made from katsura, new kaya, and true Japanese kaya ("Torreya Nucifera"). Kuroki Goishi's on-line shop features manufacturer-direct whole sale prices, monthly "best buys", and rare items for collectors at  The U.S. Open will be held in conjunction with the 2006 U.S. Go Congress from August 12-20, 2006 at Black Mountain, North Carolina. For more information on the U.S. Open and the 2006 U.S. Go Congress, visit the American Go Association's website at and click on the link to the 2006 U.S. Go Congress.

SMARTGO 2.1 RELEASED: The latest release of SmartGo "doesn't just give you more professional games (now 37,628), it gives you easy ways to benefit and learn from those games," reports Anders Kierulf. For example, "Just type 'seigen kitani 1933', and SmartGo instantly shows you 11 games that Go Seigen played against Kitani Minoru in 1933. Finding a particular game is a snap." Download SmartGo today from and try it free for 15 days.

SHONEN JUMP READER SURVEY ONLINE: "The Shonen Jump reader survey is online now!" reports East Coast Youth Go Camp Director Karen Jordan. "This month they are giving away ten $25 Border's gift cards to people who complete the survey at Click on June 2006 Issue Survey. The June issue has Janice Kim's article on the Go Camps/Go Congress and a Go Camp ad.

CHINESE WIN IN CSK ASIAN CUP: The Chinese team have won the CSK Asian Cup -- a major international team event -- for the second time. Details on Monday.

TOYOTA-IGS-PANDANET EURO GO TOUR UPDATE: Cho Seok-Bin 7d, a Korean living in Germany, is the winner of the 6th year-long European Toyota-IGS-PandaNet Go Tour for 2005-2006. The first event of the 7th Tour was topped by two Hungarian 6-dans. Details on Monday.

WEEKEND GO ACTION: Piscataway to Seattle
- May 6: Piscataway, NJ
Feng Yun Go School Monthly rated tournament
Feng Yun 973-992-5675
- May 6: Baltimore, MD
Hopkins GO Self-Paired and Lecture
Scott Waldron 410-236-4668
- May 6: Colorado Springs, CO
Rocky Mtn. Quarterly Regional Tournament
Jim Michali 719-487-8816
- May 7: Seattle, WA
Ratings Tournament
Jon Boley 206-545-1424

GAME COMMENTARY: A Friendly Game and Latest Questions from Actual Play
       In today's detailed game commentary, Yilun Yang 7d takes virtual move-by-move look at a friendly recent IGS game between an anonymous 2k and Dave Wong 1k of the Richmond, VA, Go Club. Wong regularly translates articles and commentaries from The World of Weiqi for the E-Journal.
       Our bonus file today is the latest installment of Haruyama Isamu 9P'S popular Questions from Actual Play series, brought to us by Robert McGuigan in translation from "Jissen ni tsuyoku naru 80 dai (80 questions for getting strong at real play)"
       To view the attached .sgf file(s), simply save the file(s) to your computer and then open using an .sgf reader such as Many Faces of Go or SmartGo. Readers who need .sgf readers can get them for most platforms at Jan van der Steen's

GO REVIEW: New Korean Books In English
       Thanks to their amazing dominance in international play, there is a strong interest in what Korean pros are thinking these days, and happily the number of go books being published in English in Korea is rapidly increasing.
       The Korean Baduk Association published Jungsuk (Joseki) in Our Time by Seo Bong-soo and Jung Dong-sik in 2000, a survey of current Korean pro thinking about a wide range of joseki. In 2004 the publishing company Oromedia began a series of books with the text in both English and Korean. First were Korean Style of Baduk 1: Avalanche Jungseok & Mini-Chinese Opening by Lee Chang-ho and Kim Sung-rae, an exhaustive study of these two topics, and Contemporary Go Terms: Definitions & Translations by Chihyung Nam, which provides cross-referenced definitions of go terms in English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
       Then came the two volume set of Train Like a Pro by Kim sung-Rae (with an answer book), which is the problem set given to young players studying to become pros. The latest addition to this series is Think Like a Pro: Haengma by Youngsun Yoon, which explains recent Korean pro thinking about the flow and shape of sequences (haengma) in the opening and early middle game. Although the English in these books is sometimes awkward, they are still readable. These books are available from Slate & Shell ( and Yutopian (


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